Booker at the buzzer lifts CU to 75-72 win over KU

BOULDER, Colo. - Askia Booker brought Colorado fans spilling onto the court by swishing a 25-footer at the buzzer Saturday to lift Colorado to a 75-72 victory over No. 6 Kansas, marking the program's first victory over the Jayhawks in its last 20 tries.

   Colorado (9-1) squandered a six-point lead with 1:44 left and Kansas tied the game with a bucket by Perry Ellis with 4 seconds left. But after a timeout, Buffs forward Xavier Johnson got the ball to Booker, who dribbled a few paces past half court -- about even with where John Elway's courtside seats were located -- and launched the shot that hit nothing but net.

   The fans exploded onto the court, straight past Elway, and gang tackled Booker, a junior, who is trying to lead the Buffs to their third straight appearance in the NCAA tournament.

   This win will look mighty good on their resume. It's their ninth straight -- CU hasn't lost since its opener against Baylor --  and it is the first win over Kansas since 2003 and only the second in the last 48 meetings between the former Big 12 foes.

   Booker and Spencer Dinwidde led CU with 15 points each.

   After Colorado left for the Pac-12, the schools kept the series going mainly because CU coach Tad Boyle, who has led this renaissance in Boulder, is a former Kansas player. He was on the Jayhawks roster, in fact, back in 1982, when Colorado won one of its very few games over Kansas. Kansas still leads one of the most lopsided series west of the Mississippi 123-40.

   Wiggins led the Jayhawks, who had been ranked second but have now lost two of their last three, with 22 points.

   Frank Mason had 11 and Ellis had 10 as Kansas lost despite hitting 52.9 percent from the floor.

   One key difference: Colorado shot 37 free throws -- 17 more than the Jayhawks, who were in foul trouble almost from the start in this one.

   Dinwiddie and Booker each missed one of two from the line down the stretch, which helped Kansas pull even after trailing 68-62.

   Booker's free throw gave CU a 71-68 lead with 18.7 seconds left, and on the next possession, Dinwiddie fouled Wiggins while he was shooting a 3-pointer. But Wiggins made only two of the free throws and Kansas had to foul.

   That's when Dinwiddie made one of two, to set up the tying shot from Ellis, then Booker's game-winner.

   Small consolation on this day, but the last two times Kansas has lost to the Buffs -- 1991 and 2003 -- the Jayhawks have gone on to the Final Four.

 Booker brought Colorado fans storming onto the court by swishing a 25-footer at the buzzer Saturday to lift Colorado to a 75-72 victory over No. 6 Kansas, marking the program's first victory over the Jayhawks in 20 tries.

   Colorado (9-1) squandered a six-point lead with 1:44 left and Kansas tied the game with a bucket by Perry Ellis with 4 seconds left.

   But after a timeout, the Buffs got the ball to Booker, who dribbled a few paces past half court and launched the shot that hit nothing but net.

   The fans exploded onto the court to celebrate the program's ninth straight win -- and its first over Kansas (6-2) since 2003.

   Booker and Spencer Dinwidde led CU with 15 points each.

   Wiggins led the Jayhawks, who have lost two of their last three, with 22.
 

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